Electromed SmartVest®

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Electromed SmartVest®

Lung infection eventually worsens to the point where the person is disabled. To reduce the risk of serious pulmonary complications, CF patients require daily Airway Clearance Therapy. Airway clearance techniques (ACTs) are treatments that help people with cystic fibrosis (CF) stay healthy and breathe easier. ACTs loosen thick, sticky lung mucus so it can be cleared by coughing or huffing. Clearing the airways reduces lung infections and improves lung function. Below is a list of available Airway Clearance Therapies:

  • Coughing and Huffing
  • Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) or Postural Drainage
  • Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (Oscillating PEP)
  • Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Therapy
  • Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)
  • Autogenic Drainage


Airway Clearance Therapy with SmartVest

HFCWO technology consists of a wearable vest surrounding an inflatable air bladder, a programmable air compressor and a hose (or hoses) connecting the two. The patient dons the vest and turns on the compressor, which delivers a rapidly repeating pulse of air, alternately squeezing and releasing the upper body. Each squeeze simulates a “mini cough,” which acts to:

Loosen mucus from the walls of lung airways
Reduce the thickness of mucus
Propel mucus toward larger airways, where it can be expectorated or suctioned
Suitable for patients of all ages, from full-term newborns to senior citizens, HFCWO (also known as high frequency chest compression, HFCC) typically becomes a vitally important part of a patient’s daily, long-term treatment routine. Patients usually self-administer two 15- to 30-minute HFCWO sessions daily, with the system programmed to deliver five to 20 compressions per second, as directed by their doctor’s prescription.

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